Indian sweets calorie count, how many calories in Indian sweets
To know the calories in Indian sweets, we have to assume that Indian Sweets have 50% each of sugar and Butter Fat called Ghee. So the Indian sweets calorie count would be something like this. Every gram of sugar has 4 Calories and every gram of fat has 9 calories. Assuming that half the weight of Indian Sweets are made of sugar while the other half is Fat, the Indian sweets calorie count is 6.5 Calories per gram (9+4=13, 13/2=6.5).
The caloric value of Indian sweets at 6.5 Calories per gram is the maximum possible value. There are always some water content and other inert ingredients. Also the fat content could not be more than one third or about 30%. Otherwise the sweet will be soft and oozing.
So taking the caloric value of Indian sweets of 5 Calories per gram will be a more correct figure. Since 29.3 grams make an ounce, caloric value of Indian sweets will be 141 calories per ounce.
You will not find nutritional data of Indian sweets, like ingredients nor calories of Indian sweets written on the Indian sweets packages. So the best advice when celebrations are on: "Don't count the calories in Indian Sweets, just enjoy Indian Sweets".
What is the silver coating on Indian sweets made of
What is the silver coating on Indian sweets made of and is it safe to eat? is a very common question. The silver coating is actually pure silver in the form of very thin silver foil. this silver foil on Indian sweets is called 'Varakh', the local name for this silver foil. Varakh could be spelled in any of the following way: Vark, Varq, Varaq, Varak or Waraq. This silver foil on the Indian sweets is safe to eat, it is pure silver metal flattened to very thin foil, so thin in fact, that it gets blown away in air. The weight of the silver on Indian sweets consumed is minute and not at all harmful to health.
Why silver foil is put on Indian sweets is not clear, it has been a practise that has been going on for hundreds of years. We can only guess the answer as to why there is silver foil on Indian sweets. Silver being an antiseptic and fungicide, was most probably put on Indian sweets to prevent the growth of moulds on top of the sweets while they were being displayed in shop windows. Indian sweets displayed with silver foil on top looks much more appetising than if there were ugly black mould on top of the sweets. The black moulds would surely have grown on top of the sugar rich, moist Indian sweets within a day. Someone must have come up with this clever idea a long time ago.
Statistics in India show that about 20 tonnes of pure silver are converted every year into Varakh, which is made by hammering pure silver into foils so thin that it literally floats on air, there is always a tissue paper backing for the varakh foil to prevent it from breaking apart and disappearing.
There has been a controversy raised in India as to the question whether Varakh silver foil on Indian sweets is vegetarian. The antagonists claim that animal fat, leather and pieces of animal guts are used in the manufacture of Varakh. The manufacturers of Varakh claim that it is not the case.
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